Young Men’s Work: Stopping Violence and Building Community Curriculum

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Young Men’s Work: Stopping Violence and Building Community is a 26 session curriculum for young men aged 14-19, designed to teach alternatives to violence and to celebrate and enhance their strength, experience, creativity and intelligence. Its purpose is to reinforce alternatives to destructive behavior and enable young men to support each other’s success, become stronger allies to their peers and join the ongoing struggles for greater equality and social justice.

The material grows out of the work of the Oakland Men’s Project (OMP), which was begun in 1979 to address male violence. OMP was shaped by the voices of women working as advocates to prevent domestic and sexual violence and child sexual assault. While providing services to women, these advocates were also demanding a community response to male violence. As a result, OMP began this program for young men in their teens.

Visit for additional resources, videos, reading lists and exercises that can help to enhance work with young men. Young Men’s Work can be purchased here and can also be found at Hazelden, published in 1998. Hazelden’s collection includes the facilitator’s guide with student handouts, a teen handbook with additional exercises that supplement the 26 sessions and a DVD. 

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